As announced on Impact Wrestling, Jeff Hardy is set to make his return next Thursday, September 8. The Network also added that he will be given time to talk. While his fans sorely missed him, there are those in TNA not too thrilled of the news.
Around this time last year, Jeff Hardy was contending for the vacant TNA World title, which he won at Bound for Glory after turning rulebreaker and joining Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff in Immortal. Jeff held the gold throughout much of the year, dropped it to Mr. Anderson, and regained the title a month later.
Then things got out of hand. Jeff Hardy lost the title to Sting in his hometown, and then failed to regain the title in what was regarded as the bleakest night in TNA’s history. Sting pinned Hardy in 90 seconds at Victory Road because he was in no condition to wrestle. Jeff was sent home by TNA following the embarrassing performance.
Jeff Hardy now has the opportunity to make things right, and ask the fans and the TNA office for forgiveness. Granting an open mic to voice past transgressions is nothing new for the Enigma who fell to a similar situation back in WWE.
Jeff Hardy was on the cusp of becoming a big time player in the WWE, inching his way closer to procuring its World title, but he dropped the ball in a second offense of the company’s Wellness Policy and landed himself one strike away from being canned. Upon his return, Jeff Hardy admitted to his problems and started back at the bottom to eventually work his way back to the top.
During that time in his life, Hardy was able to move on and look to the future. Yet with still pending drug possession charges, and the embarrassment of folding in a pay-per-view main event, can Jeff Hardy forget the past so easily?
Until the drug possession charges are either dealt with or dropped, a part of Jeff’s past will linger in the back of his mind. And now that his older brother Matt Hardy is falling over the deep end, forgetting the past is easier said than done.
Then there’s Immortal who want nothing to do with Jeff Hardy. Will Hulk Hogan and Kurt Angle sabotage Hardy’s return?
(Watch TNA’s Jeff Hardy Return Video here.)
Someone who appears to have moved on is Christopher Daniels. On the September 1st edition of Impact Wrestling, Christopher Daniels finally picked up a pinfall over his former rival turned ally AJ Styles. Daniels insisted and pleaded with Styles to grant him one more match to see whether or not he should give up doing the only thing he ever loved.
Christopher Daniels had placed AJ Styles on a pedestal as the best in the sport. After failing to get the best of Styles during the final months of 2009, and then again at Destination X this summer, Daniels was starting to doubt his ability as a pro wrestler.
Then when Styles slipped on the top rope in his attempt for a high-flying move, Daniels quickly covered him for the win. Styles, who was happy that Daniels was satisfied, was refused a handshake. Instead, Daniels continued to congratulate himself and walked away from Styles.
Clearly, Fortune has silently deteriorated from what it once was. Beer Money Inc. lost the TNA tag team titles to Mexican America a few weeks ago, and Kazarian has long since lost his claim to the X Division title. And now that AJ Styles ill afforded himself this side rivalry with Daniels, Fortune’s original goal to turn back Immortal has fallen by the wayside.
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